keep (one's) temper

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keep (one's) temper

To refrain from becoming angered, enraged, or upset due to some provocation; to maintain control of one's composure despite being angry or upset. You're a good driver, but if you don't do a better job of keeping your temper when other drivers make mistakes, you're going to end up causing a crash some day. It's hard to keep my temper with the kids after being kept awake by them all night long.
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keep one's temper

 and hold one's temper
to hold back an expression of anger. (The opposite of lose one's temper.) She should have learned to keep her temper when she was a child. Sally got thrown off the team because she couldn't hold her temper.
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keep/lose your ˈtemper (with somebody)

manage/fail to control your anger: You must learn to keep your temper.He loses his temper very quickly if you argue with him.
See also: keep, lose, temper
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And there was you thinking that you'd had quite a good summer, having worked all year to be able to take them on holiday, bought a few icecreams and kept your temper (most) of the time.